Healthy Travel Information
Visit Myrtle Beach Responsibly & Patiently
Visit Myrtle Beach Responsibly & Patiently
(As of March 2023)
The health and safety of our residents and visitors are paramount and as such, we want to ensure you are fully informed of the impacts of COVID-19 on our area and the current status of travel. We’ll continue to post updates on this page and our social channels. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe. When you are ready, we are ready to welcome you back to The Beach.
We Are Open
As COVID-19 remains a public health issue, we ask that you visit our area responsibly so everyone can enjoy all the Grand Strand has to offer. Here are some tips to help everyone stay safe:
- Practice healthy hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Use sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Wear a face mask when you visit public places when recommended or required, such as the airport.
- Practice social distancing by staying 6' away from others. This applies to everywhere you go, including the beach.
- Attractions, youth sports and day camps are open, though call ahead for special hours and schedules.
- Close contact businesses, public and commercial pools are open at full capacity.
- The Myrtle Beach International Airport is open and masks are not required.
- Restaurants are open for dine-in service at full capacity. Please check with the individual establishment for hours and remain patient, as there may be additional wait times or slower service.
Please Pack Your Patience
Visitors are asked to pack their patience. Businesses are still opening back up and hiring seasonal workers for summer vacationers. Please be prepared for additional wait times when checking in at your accommodation, entering attractions or at restaurants. When possible, reserve tables at your favorite restaurants in advance. Thank you for your understanding!
You’ll find information to frequently asked questions below.
- Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitor Bureau COVID-19 Updates
- Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Updates
- South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Coronavirus Information
- CDC Coronavirus Information for Travel
- Grand Strand Health
- Tidelands Health
- McLeod Health
- MUSC is offering an online virtual care provider for those who are concerned about COVID-19. Screenings are free using code COVID19.
- Prisma Health Virtual Visit
- Roper St. Francis Healthcare Virtual Visit
- Allergies vs. Coronavirus: Here's How to Tell the Difference
- Be Aware of Scammers
Ways to Help/Relief Assistance
Waccamaw Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund. This fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with priority groups, including senior citizens, children, health-compromised, and workers in the hospitality and tourism industry along coastal South Carolina. For your contribution to support our Horry County community, please specify Horry County in the “comments” field of the payment form.
Nonprofits/Businesses Helping the Community These organizations are helping in the COVID-19 relief and are requesting donations.
Emergency Orders & Restrictions
State of South Carolina
Current executive orders in place by South Carolina Governor McMaster – Read full orders
- Gov. Henry McMaster lifts restaurant occupancy restrictions restaurants in South Carolina are allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity. Other restaurant safety guidelines have been lifted, including the face mask requirement and the “last call order,” which does not allow the sale or consumption of alcohol in restaurants after 11 p.m. effective March 1, 2021. However, businesses may choose to require the use of facemasks, and facemasks are encouraged when social distancing is difficult.
- Gov. Henry McMaster: Businesses, Facilities, Venues, Events or Mass Gatherings are Permitted to Reopen Effective Aug. 3, 2020 but are Required to Implement AccelerateSC Guidelines. Additionally, AccelerateSC guidelines for restaurants have been strongly recommended until now. They are now mandatory and enforceable by state and local law enforcement.
- Gov. Henry McMaster Prohibits Alcohol Sales at Bars and Restaurants After 11 PM Effective July 11, 2020
- Gov. Henry McMaster Declares New State of Emergency, Lifts Restrictions on Bowling Alleys, Retail Capacity Restraints June 12, 2020
- Gov. Henry McMaster Lifts Restrictions on Attractions Effective Friday, May 22, 2020
- Gov. Henry McMaster: Additional Businesses, Gyms, Pools are Able to Open Monday, May 18, 2020
- Gov. Henry McMaster: Restaurants are Able to Open for Limited Dine-In Services Monday, May 11, 2020
Masks are no longer required in City of Conway owned buildings and other facilities, effective October 2021.
City of Georgetown
Masks are no longer required indoors, however, the City of Georgetown does require masks in all City buildings, effective August 2021.
S.C. DHEC provides updated information on the current cases COVID-19 in South Carolina. We urge you to continue following the recommendations of the federal government, CDC, SCDHEC, and local officials as we navigate this time together.
Healthy Travel Practices from the CDC
- Wash hands often
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up to date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department
Hotlines for People with Symptoms
- DHEC Care Line > 1-855-472-3432
- If you have general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is here to help. Staff is answering calls from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1. Find more information here.
- Tidelands Health COVID-19 nurse line at 843-652-8800 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 1-866-TIDELANDS, which operates 24 hours a day.
- Grand Strand Health is offering a Consult-A-Nurse line for any COVID questions, staffed 24/7 by nurses. Call 843-692-4444.
- Conway Medical Center is offering a phone line where you can speak with a medical professional for screening for COVID-19. Call 843-428-8767 Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to speak with a registered nurse.
Myrtle Beach International Airport
- The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) and all other airports managed by the Horry County Department of Airports remain open and operational. Horry County Government does not have the authority to make a unilateral decision about the closure of airports. That is under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration. Airlines can also alter flight schedules and require face masks. In addition, just like in a hurricane, it is important that the airports remain open for County emergency logistics, including the delivery of supplies.
- Please be advised that some flight changes or cancellations may occur. Travelers should check the status of their flight before arriving at the airport. You can find updated arrival and departure information from MYR on their website.
- Travelers wishing to change or cancel their itinerary should contact the airlines directly. Contact information for all airlines with service at MYR can be found here.
- Please keep in mind that wait times are estimated to be longer than usual due to increased demand.
- Face masks are no longer required at the airport.
- The chamber nor the City or Horry County have the authority to close MYR airport or to stop airlines from arriving here. This is a federal FAA mandate to remain open during emergencies.
- Myrtle Beach International Airport is an accredited GBAC STAR™ Facility.
- GBAC STAR™ is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities and is the new gold standard for cleanliness. The program is performance-based and designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for their staff and their building. The program relies on GBAC’s comprehensive training, which teaches the proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques, and cleaning best practices for biohazard situations like the novel coronavirus. MYR is the only airport in the Carolinas and Georgia, to achieve this coveted accreditation. Click here to learn more.